American Water Works Association (AWWA)

WaterNow - 2020


Attend WaterNow`s two-day event for local water leaders committed to sustainability, affordability, and innovation. Join mayors, council members, city officials, utility management and staff, and water industry professionals for a unique gathering to explore resilient solutions for your community.

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Apr. 15-16, 2020
Philadelphia , PA , USA


Tap into Resilience is a one of a kind, two-day event for local decision makers committed to sustainability, affordability, and innovation. Join mayors, council members, city officials, utility management, and national water thought leaders for a unique gathering to explore resilient solutions for your community.


Local water leaders are facing new challenges, and developing innovative solutions. From stormwater to wastewater, financing challenges to drinking water quality, leaders across the country are making resilient solutions the new normal. The Summit brings together these innovators for two valuable days of conversation, learning, and leadership development on the critical sustainability water challenges of our time.

Conference attendees gain actionable insights, ideas, and methods to implement local water solutions. We provide opportunities to learn from experts, delve into best practices, and identity areas where collaboration and collective action can deliver shared benefits and higher impact. Each session is highly interactive and offers ample opportunity for attendees to engage with the speakers through Q&A and with each other through a range of activities including brainstorming sessions, report back templates, and informally sharing their own experiences.


This is a conference for everyone interested in innovative, sustainable, and affordable water strategies. If you are a water decision maker, manager or utility staff, water innovator, consultant, financial advisor, bond counsel, or water industry association, this is the water event you will not want to miss!


This year's summit will emphasize the untapped potential for local and green infrastructure, innovative financing, integrated water planning, data, and visualization tools to enable smarter decision making and more resilient communities. Our summit will explore:

  • Scaling up green stormwater and wastewater infrastructure

  • Innovative financing opportunities for innovative solutions - from lead line replacement to treatment

  • Integrating climate-resilient solutions into your water strategies

  • Diving into data to optimize your decision making process

  • Linking water and land use planning for your community

Our speakers represent a diversity of backgrounds and experience including the corporate, technology, nonprofit sectors, academia, utility leaders, impact investment firms, and policy leaders. See more on our Agenda page.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

(this agenda is subject to regular updates)

9:00 AM

Optional Morning Programs: Workshops and Community Tours

Registration opens at 8:30 am for those participating in morning programs● Green Stormwater Infrastructure Walking Tour● Water 101 Workshop● Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Loans 101
10:30 AM

Registration Open

11:00 AM


11:30 AM

Welcome to Tap into Resilience!

Keynote Address:  David Ross, US EPA Assistant Administrator for Water
12:30 PM

Tap into Connections: The WaterNow World Café

2:30 PM

The Role of Local Leadership in Our National Water Future


● Cynthia Koehler, Executive Director, WaterNow Alliance, Moderator

● Melissa Elliott, President-Elect, American Water Works Association

● Clarence Anthony, Executive Director, National League of Cities (Invited)

● Sal Panto Jr., Mayor, City of Easton, PA

● Hattie Portis-Jones, Councilmember, City of Fairburn, GA

● Jackie Jarrell, President, WEF

3:45 PM

Going Big on Resilience: Philadelphia Edition


● Margaret Waldock, Program Director, Geraldine Dodge Foundation, Moderator

● Randy E. Hayman, Esq., Commissioner, Philadelphia Water Department, Commissioner

● Steve Tambini, Executive Director, Delaware River Basin Commission

● Nathan Boon, Program Officer, William Penn Foundation

● Howard Neukrug, Executive Director, University of Pennsylvania Water Center

● Lester Taylor, Partner, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli

5:00 PM

Pure Water Brewing Alliance Mixer

Impact Award Dinner

6:30 PM
Thursday, April 16, 2020
8:00 AM

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 AM

Welcome and Keynote Address

Michael A. Nutter, CNN Commentator & Former Mayor of Philadelphia
9:00 AM

Debt:  What is it Good For and Can it be Good for You?  


● Eric Letsinger, CEO, Quantified Ventures, Moderator

● Ed Harrington, Former President, Government Finance Officers Association

● David Zimmer, Executive Director, New Jersey Infrastructure Bank

● Tom Innis, Managing Director, Piper Jaffray & Co.

● Craig Holland, Senior Director of Urban Water, Global Cities, The Nature Conservancy


Powerful Partnerships: Equity & Stakeholder Engagement in Nonprofit-Municipal Programs


● Hattie Portis-Jones, Councilmember, City of Fairburn, GA, Moderator

● Meg Kelly, Director, Space to Grow, Healthy Schools Campaign

● Randy Conner, Commissioner of Water Management, City of Chicago, IL

● Andrew Kricun, Executive Director, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority

● Meishka Mitchell, Vice President, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership

11:45 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Success StoriesSpeakers:

● Paula Conolly, Director, Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange, Moderator

● Todd Hill, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Watershed Management, City of Atlanta, GA

● Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

● Ravi S. Bhalla, Mayor, City of Hoboken, NJ

East Meets West:  Onsite Reuse & Water Use Efficiency Speakers:

● Lynn Broaddus, President Elect, Water Environment Federation, Moderator

● James Lim, Water Efficiency and Conservation Manager, City of Durham, NC

● Peter Gross, Senior Advisor/Water Skipper, Emerson Collective

● Joseph Gallegos, CEO, Grey4Green

● Ed Clerico, CEO Emeritus, Natural Systems Utilities

2:15 PM

Breakout Sessions

Getting the Lead OutSpeakers:

● Tom Neltner, Chemicals Policy Director, Environmental Defense Fund, Moderator

● Marc Edwards, University Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech

● Eric West, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, HomeServe USA

● Chris Sturm, Managing Director, Policy and Water, New Jersey Future

● Verna J. Arnette, Deputy Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works, Lead Service Line Replacement Program

Techsploration Speakers:

● Isle Utilities, Moderator (Invited)

● Paul Vacquier, Vice President Corporate Operations, Flo Technologies

● Sarah Heitzman, Chief Strategy Officer, Rachio

● Eric Adler, CEO / Co-Founder, Flume

3:30 PM

Building Climate Resilience: Science, Adaptation & Mitigation


● Nicole Lampe, Managing Director, Climate Nexus, Moderator

● Jay Famiglietti, Executive Director, Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan

● Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Principal, NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC

4:15 pm

Closing & What Happens on Monday

4:30 pm

End of Summit

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